Party hotel: Famous French apres-ski haunt La Folie Douce dips its toes into hospitality
The legendary Chamonix apres-ski bar La Folie Douce opens its first hotel and is being billed as the hottest place to say in the region.
Skiers and snowboarders alike will no doubt be familiar with the iconic and infamous La Folie Douce, a popular apres-ski venue in the French Alps where revelers party post-ski well into the wee hours of the night.
Well, now the party has solidified itself into a fully fledged hospitality offering, with La Folie Douce opening a new hotel in the resort, which is being billed as the hottest place to stay in the region.
We find out more.
La Folie Douce ups its game
La Folie Douce is known as being a debaucherous apres-ski haunt, famous the world over for its antics and shenanigans after dark and off piste.
Starting in Vals d’Isere before spreading its wings to venues in five other ski resorts, the high-profile venue is making headlines for a different reason – it has just opened its first hotel as part of its new venture, La Folie Douce Hotels.
The property has taken up residence in Chamonix, occupying the former Savoy Palace hotel. La Folie Douce Hotel aims to combine hospitality, entertainment and glamour in its inaugural offering. This hotel will be the only ski-in, ski-out hotel in Chamonix, setting it apart from its competitors, if the name wasn’t enough to do so already.
Stylish design and a skier’s delight
La Folie Douce had a great starting point in the Savoy Palace. The property is something of a cross between a French chateau and an Alpine resort, and its balconies and mansard roofs recall Paris, while its silhouette and neutral colours on the facade help it blend into the impressive setting.
The hotel has 248 rooms spread across three separate buildings and over five floors, and rooms are divided between 3-star access rooms and 4-star premium rooms. Guests staying in the Premium rooms will be able to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountain landscape, while inside, they can indulge in a cosy oasis, with elegant yet contemporary touches such as minimal wooden joinery on the feature wall, bespoke furniture and brushed concrete wet rooms where you can relax and rejuvenate after a hard day on the slopes.
The dining offerings are varied, with a family-style venue in La Petite Cuisine serving up a mix of local and Italian food. Gourmet dining is on offer at the La Fruitiere, or guests can grab something on the go at Le Kiosque.
And of course, no La Folie Douce hotel would be complete without its infamous apre-ski party, which takes place at the hotel’s After Mountain Party Bar, where the drinks flow and the DJs spin from 5pm to 8pm.
The wellness facilities feature a state of the art spa and gym, and the outdoor pool offers stunning views of the famous Mont Blanc mountain.
What more could a skier want?
Let’s take a look at a few other projects currently underway in France:
Hotel Poste du Louvre
Citadines Confluent Nantes
InterContinental Lyon Hotel Dieu
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